The announcement of a major Government investment in Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital has come as an invigorating piece of good news, says Bridgwater and West Somerset Conservative MP Ian Liddell-Grainger.
And, he said, the thousands of his constituents who relied on its services would be equally thrilled.
A major rebuild at Musgrove has been included in a 10-year programme which will see the Government spending an addition £3.7 billion for 40 new hospital buildings.
Musgrove Park started life as a US forces hospital in the Second World War. A few of the original buildings are still in use but the site has been greatly enlarged and a suite of specialist facilities added in the last 30 years.
Mr Liddell-Grainger said with the downgrading of many of Somerset’s smaller hospitals Musgrove Park had become a hub of high-class NHS provision serving a huge area.
“At the same time it has earned a fully-justified reputation for the excellence of its services and the high degrees of skill and dedication of its staff,” he said.
“Very few hospital stays – except perhaps those on the maternity ward – can be considered as enjoyable yet Musgrove is looked on with something close to affection by many of my constituents who have told me of their great appreciation of the treatment they have received.
“They will, I know, be as pleased as I am that we can look forward to further investment and further improvements in the provision of services there.”